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Transforming Lives Through the Power of Animal-Assisted Therapy: Canine Concierge Corporation’s Summer Initiatives

Fairfax County, VA – June 20, 2024 – This summer, Canine Concierge Corporation is revolutionizing the healthcare landscape in Fairfax County with its innovative animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services. Founded by Michael Stokes, a compassionate retired IT contractor, Canine Concierge is more than a nonprofit—it’s a beacon of hope and healing, powered by the remarkable bond between humans and therapy dogs.

A Heartfelt Journey

Michael Stokes’ vision for Canine Concierge was born out of a desire to bring comfort and healing to those in need. Overcoming numerous hurdles, from securing nonprofit status to obtaining licenses and insurance, Michael’s dedication has propelled Canine Concierge into the spotlight. His inspiring journey was recently highlighted in a live interview on ABC’s WJLA Good Morning Washington.

Mission-Driven Advocacy

At the heart of Canine Concierge is a mission to educate the public on the profound impact of AAT dogs. By partnering with local media and community organizations, Canine Concierge is raising awareness about the essential role these therapy dogs play, similar to service dogs, in providing emotional and psychological support.

Amplifying Our Reach

This year, Michael has invested in powerful commercials on Hulu, captivating daily ads on Google, Facebook, and YouTube, and a vibrant monthly newsletter to engage the community. These efforts aim to amplify Canine Concierge’s message and broaden its reach.

Miraculous Benefits of Therapy Dogs

The benefits of Canine Concierge’s therapy dogs are truly miraculous. These trained companions do more than provide comfort; they significantly reduce stress and anxiety, lower the risk of cardiovascular events, and offer critical emotional support. Their presence brings joy and healing to countless individuals facing emotional challenges.

Championing Change

Despite the incredible benefits, AAT services face significant barriers due to the lack of insurance coverage. Canine Concierge is leading the charge to change this, advocating for policy recognition and support at both local and national levels. Engaging with Capitol Hill policymakers and major health insurers, and rallying support from lobbyists and the Fairfax veterinary community, Canine Concierge is committed to making AAT accessible to all.

Join Us in Making a Difference

Canine Concierge relies on the generosity of individuals, grants, and sponsors to continue its vital work. Your support is essential in spreading comfort, healing, and joy throughout Fairfax County and beyond. Join us in our mission to revolutionize healthcare through animal-assisted therapy.

Get Involved

For more information, please contact us at 571-375-5932 or [email protected]. Visit our website at canineconciergecorp.org to learn how you can support our cause.

About Canine Concierge Corporation

Canine Concierge Corporation is a pioneering nonprofit dedicated to improving lives through animal-assisted therapy. By providing medically trained and certified therapy dogs, we ensure essential services are accessible, free of charge, to those in need. Our work is made possible by the generosity of individuals, grants, and sponsors.

Press Contact:
Canine Concierge Corporation
13800 Coppermine Road | Herndon, VA 20171 
571-375-5932 
[email protected] 
canineconciergecorp.org


Canine Concierge Corporation
13800 Coppermine Rd
Herndon, VA  20171

[email protected]

571 375 5932

March 19, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canine Concierge Corporation: Pioneering a Path of Healing and Hope through Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Fairfax County, VA – March 19, 2024 – With a genuine commitment to making a meaningful impact in the community, Canine Concierge Corporation strides boldly into the spring season, heralding a new era of compassion and connection. Founded by Michael Stokes, an SSA-disabled, retired IT contractor driven by a profound, deep-seated desire to serve, this nonprofit organization emerges as a beacon of light dedicated to enhancing lives through the transformative power of animal-assisted therapy (AAT).

Inspired by the unwavering loyalty of his cherished Kuwaiti rescue dog, whose memory resonates deeply within him, Michael embarked on this noble journey to pay homage to his faithful companion and extend a lifeline of support to those in need within our community.

The journey of Canine Concierge has been one marked by determination and resilience. Overcoming significant challenges, from navigating the intricacies of the nonprofit establishment to securing essential licenses and insurance, the team has forged ahead with unwavering resolve. With a keen eye on the future, in addition to securing a virtual office in the Regus building, Canine Concierge has transformed a humble hotel suite into a cutting-edge facility meticulously designed to cater to the needs of their dedicated therapy dogs and Michael himself. This dedication has not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by the recent accolade of the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Certificate of Good Standing.

Yet, the journey is far from over. Canine Concierge stands at the threshold of a new chapter, poised to expand its reach and impact within the community. The community’s support is vital as they endeavor to acquire and train two American Kennel Club (AKC) Golden Retrievers, procure essential supplies, and launch comprehensive marketing campaigns to raise awareness of their invaluable services.

A profound commitment to education and advocacy lies at the heart of Canine Concierge’s mission. Their goal is simple yet profound: to elevate public understanding and appreciation of AAT dogs, positioning them alongside their esteemed counterparts, Service dogs. Recognizing the pivotal role of local media in shaping community narratives, Canine Concierge seeks to foster greater awareness through strategic partnerships and outreach efforts.

  • In February, Michael aired commercials on the Hulu streaming TV network, ran daily ads on the Google, Facebook, and YouTube social media platforms, launched a monthly newsletter, and has a public service announcement (PSA) under consideration by the top ten DC Metro area broadcast TV networks.

Through the tireless dedication of their medically trained therapy dogs, Canine Concierge aims to offer a lifeline of hope and healing to those facing adversity. These remarkable animals serve as steadfast companions, offering solace and support to individuals navigating the complexities of emotional challenges. The impact of AAT knows no bounds, from reducing the risk of cardiovascular events to providing comfort in times of distress.

While the landscape of AAT continues to evolve, significant barriers persist, including invisible coverage from major insurance providers. Canine Concierge is trying to challenge these barriers, advocating for greater recognition and support for AAT services locally and nationally.

  • Canine Concierge spearheaded communication with Capitol Hill policymakers and all the major health insurance carriers for reconsideration of AAT insurance coverage.

As a community-driven organization, Canine Concierge relies on the generosity of philanthropists, grants, and sponsors to fulfill their vital mission. With the support of compassionate individuals like you, Canine Concierge can continue to spread comfort, healing, and joy to those who need it most.

Join Canine Concierge in their noble pursuit of spreading hope and healing through animal-assisted therapy (AAT). For more information on how you can get involved, please contact us at 571-375-5932 or [email protected].

About Canine Concierge Corporation: Canine Concierge Corporation is a dynamic nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives through the transformative power of animal-assisted therapy (AAT). By providing specially trained and certified therapy dogs, Canine Concierge ensures that essential services are accessible to those in need, free of charge. Canine Concierge relies on the generosity of individuals, grants, and sponsors to continue their vital work.

Press Contact:
Canine Concierge Corporation
571-375-5932
[email protected]
canineconciergecorp.org



January 2, 2024

Canine Concierge Corporation
13800 Coppermine Rd
Herndon, VA  20171
[email protected]
571 375 5932
January 2, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canine Concierge Corporation: Bringing Joy and Healing Through Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Fairfax, VA – January 2, 2024 – Canine Concierge Corporation bursts into the new year with boundless enthusiasm, announcing its establishment as a force for change in our community. This nonprofit organization, founded by Michael Stokes, a retired IT contractor and compassionate soul, has a singular mission — improving lives through the power of animal-assisted therapy (AAT) dogs. With a heart full of hope, Canine Concierge is set to make waves, spreading joy, comfort, and healing in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior citizens’ centers, and police stations throughout Fairfax.

Michael’s inspiration stems from the unwavering loyalty of his beloved Kuwaiti rescue dog, who recently passed away after 14 incredible years. Michael embarked on this noble endeavor to honor his furry friend’s memory and give back to the community that supported him throughout his career, eager to make a real difference.

Canine Concierge has overcome substantial hurdles, from setting up the nonprofit and securing insurance and licenses to renting a contemporary studio space in the Regus virtual office building. The team is transforming a hotel suite into a state-of-the-art facility for their working dogs and Michael.  It was recently awarded the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Certificate of Good Standing.  However, they still need support from the community to ensure seamless operations, raise awareness, and extend their outreach. Contributions are vital for training two American Kennel Club (AKC) Golden Retrievers, procuring supplies, launching digital and print marketing campaigns, and covering day-to-day operational costs.

These specially trained therapy dogs provided by Canine Concierge offer countless benefits to those in need. They play a crucial role in reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and seizures, while their presence helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and fear. These incredible animals create a calm atmosphere, lower blood pressure, encourage interaction, and provide irreplaceable companionship. Moreover, their therapy supports individuals recovering from PTSD or other traumas, offers respite from loneliness and isolation, and extends compassionate support to those grieving the loss of a loved one.

While the animal-assisted therapy (AAT) industry has flourished nationwide for over two decades, it still lacks comprehensive coverage from major insurance providers. Canine Concierge is on a mission to break down these barriers, rouse awareness, and ensure that AAT services receive the recognition and financial backing they deserve.

As a community-driven nonprofit organization, Canine Concierge relies on the generosity of philanthropists, grants, sponsors, and donations to bring these invaluable services to those who need them most. With your support, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals facing difficult circumstances.

Join Canine Concierge in their mission to spread comfort, healing, and joy through animal-assisted therapy. Stay informed about upcoming events and partnerships by contacting our administration at 571-375-5932 or [email protected].

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About Canine Concierge Corporation:

Canine Concierge Corporation is a dynamic nonprofit organization dedicated to improving lives through animal-assisted therapy. By supplying specially trained and certified therapy dogs, Canine Concierge ensures that hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior citizens’ centers, and police stations receive these valuable services free of charge. Canine Concierge relies on the support of individuals, grants, and sponsors to commence their vital work.

Press Contact:
Canine Concierge Corporation
571-375-5932
k9@canineconciergecorp.com
canineconciergecorp.org



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Administration
Canine Concierge Corporation
13800 Coppermine Rd, Herndon VA 20171
Dulles Creek – Dulles Corner Business Pk
[APPOINTMENT ONLY]

[email protected]

571 375 5932

October 20, 2023

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Introducing Canine Concierge Corporation: Making a Difference in Our Community Through
Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) Dogs

Fairfax, VA – October 2023 – Canine Concierge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing animal-assisted therapy (AAT) services, announced its establishment with the sole mission of improving the lives of individuals in our community. Founded by Michael Stokes, a retired IT contractor with a deep passion for helping others, Canine Concierge aims to bring joy, comfort, and healing through specially trained and certified therapy dogs provided to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior citizens’ centers, and police stations, free of charge.

Michael’s inspiration behind Canine Concierge comes from his Kuwaiti rescue dog, who recently passed away after 14 years of unwavering loyalty and companionship. Seeking to honor his beloved furry friend and give back to the community that supported him throughout his career, Michael embarked on this noble endeavor.

Canine Concierge has already overcome numerous initial hurdles, such as nonprofit setup, facility rental, insurances, permits and licenses, graphic design, and website development. It is retrofitting a hotel suite into a state-of-the-art studio. However, to ensure seamless operations, community awareness, and outreach, the organization actively seeks contributors to support various expenses, including training two American Kennel Club (AKC) working dogs, supplies, digital and print marketing, and day-to-day operational costs.

The therapy dogs provided by Canine Concierge will offer many benefits. They are crucial in lowering the risk and aiding recovery from heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. Moreover, their presence helps reduce stress, anxiety, and fear, contributing to overall well-being. These incredible animals create calmness, lower blood pressure, encourage interaction, and provide companionship. Their therapy also supports individuals recovering from PTSD or other traumas, offers respite from isolation or loneliness, and provides comfort and reassurance to those in need. Canine Concierge’s working dogs will even assist individuals in their journey toward recovery from losing a loved one by offering compassionate support in times of grief.

While the animal-assisted therapy industry has existed nationwide for over two decades, major insurance providers must acknowledge its importance and provide comprehensive coverage. Canine Concierge aims to break down barriers and raise awareness to ensure that AAT services receive the recognition and support they deserve.

As a community-based nonprofit charitable organization, Canine Concierge relies heavily on the generosity of philanthropists, grants, sponsors, and donations to begin offering these invaluable services to those in need.

Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most. Join Canine Concierge in its mission to bring comfort, healing, and joy through animal-assisted therapy. For more information on how to find out about upcoming events and partnerships, don’t hesitate to contact our Administration at 571-375-5932 or [email protected].

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About Canine Concierge Corporation: Canine Concierge is a startup nonprofit organization, 501c(3) pending, on a mission to improve the lives of individuals through animal-assisted therapy. They will provide specially trained and certified therapy dogs to hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, senior citizens’ centers, and police stations, free of charge. As a community-based nonprofit, Canine Concierge relies on the support of individuals, grants, and sponsors to begin our vital work.

Press Contact:

Administration
571-375-5932
[email protected]
canineconciergecorp.org


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